The Wensleydale Railway

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  1. Rob Pulham

    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    I am posting this thread in the hope that I will have much to share in the coming months as the preservation season gets under way.

    Starting today when Tornado came visiting for a couple of weeks and came up the branch light engine while running driver experience and cab rides. I say cab rides plural but despite there being 4 trips each way advertised it only came out and back the once. The good news is that the sun was out and I had the camera to hand. It made a welcome change from fitting architraves...

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    Rob Pulham Staff Member Administrator Feature Contributor

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    Since taking the photo above there have been no trains running on the branch so we were surprised and delighted to see a humble 05 with an engineering train come up the branch this lunchtime.

    They picked a rotten day for it as it's chucking it down today. That's in marked contrast to the last 5 days which were lovely sunshine while I have been painting the back of the house (rough textured rendering!!!).

    We hope it's the start of more regular running and a move towards them getting some much needed revenue.
     
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    Well it shows how much I know about diesels, the humble 05 was in fact an 03...

    Today we heard it coming from some distance away so I was able to grab my phone for a couple of shots.

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    You were only 2 out.
     
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    We had another works train up the branch today. This one came from the outside world bringing a load of flat bottom rail for a 500 yard rail/sleeper replacement project at Harmby a few miles up the branch from us. I was having a shave when it went up the branch at about 8:15 this morning but caught it on the way back empty.

     
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    There have been ongoing works on the branch and alerted by a note on the Wensleydale Railway website I got up a bit earlier this morning to watch an auto ballast train come up the dale.

     
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    There have been trains and light engine movements on the branch for the last 3 days but it's almost like they were sneaking about as the first we knew that they were there, was when the vibrations were felt under foot.

    Today the wind must have been in the right direction as 20166 made it's way back to Leeming Bar with the Shark brake van in tow, I heard it's horn as it sounded at Fingle crossing a couple of miles away and I was able to grab Chris's phone popping outside to take a few shots as it passed.

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    Nice set of pictures you got there Rob, not that it matters but I'm just wondering why that plough brake is classified as ZUV when it has been fitted with a through air pipe ... should really be coded ZUW by the train operator.
     
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    Good morning Paul,

    I suspect that the van is privately owned and painted at the owners whim. One of the key reasons not to trust preservation shots when building models.
    Personally I think that both the shark and the class 20 are in horrible liveries but that's just me.
     
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    No its not just you Rob that livery is beyond vile but it seems this is what current trends bring... I like diesels but not when they are painted faded tango with silly stripes. The plough brake would have been nicer and better fitting in an earlier livery... even engineers Drab Olive is better. But hey ho I guess we must be thankful these things are saved and are still used for the purpose that they were built for.
     
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    I agree, I did wonder after my earlier posting, if the through pipe was a preservation addition so that it can be used in company with coaches without having to swap ends. There are not that many run around facilities on the line and and I have seen it more in company with coaches than goods vehicles since they finished restoring it.
     

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